Dr. Jun Xi is an associate teaching professor of the Department of Chemistry at Drexel University. He obtained his PhD degree in organic chemistry from Cornell University with his research being focused on probing the mechanism of Thiamin biosynthesis with bioorganic chemistry approaches. He received his postdoctoral training in mechanistic enzymology at The Penn State University, where he developed a single molecule technique to investigate the assembly of DNA replisome. He worked briefly as a senior research scientist in Department of Biochemical Technologies in Corning Inc., where his main responsibility was to develop a unique cell-based assay with the use of optical waveguide sensor technology for drug screening. Since he came to Drexel University, Dr. Jun Xi and his group have been focusing on applying nanomechanical sensor technologies to investigate interfacial properties of biological systems related to issues in both human health and alternative sources of energy. He has published numerous research papers, book chapters, and patents and received numerous financial supports. His group has expertise in a variety of research fields including chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology.
Dr. Jun Xi is committed to helping students achieve their goals and benefiting them in their future careers. To accomplish this mission, he wants to create for students an atmosphere, both in the classroom and in the laboratory, where they can share his knowledge and enthusiasm for chemistry and be intellectually challenged. Such an atmosphere will foster students’ mastery of conceptual material and related basic skills and, more importantly, will allow them to develop broader and more useful skills such as communication, critical thinking, and problem solving, through self-directed learning and team work. Dr. Jun Xi’s primary responsibilities are to teach undergraduate students organic chemistry, both lecture and laboratory courses.